An Ancient Greek Astronomical Calculation Machine Reveals New Secrets
Scientists have a new understanding of the mysterious Antikythera mechanism that challenges assumptions about ancient technology
This was so fascinating. So much we don’t know about our own history.
“Why did it take centuries for scientists to reinvent anything as sophisticated as the Antikythera device, and why haven’t archaeologists uncovered more such mechanisms? We have strong reasons to believe this object can’t have been the only model of its kind—there must have been precursors to its development. But bronze was a very valuable metal, and when an object like this stopped working, it probably would have been melted down for its materials. Shipwrecks may be the best prospects for finding more of them. As for why the technology was seemingly lost for so long before being redeveloped, who knows? There are many gaps in the historical record, and future discoveries may well surprise us.”Posted on 2022-01-02T07:40:50+0000